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The Harness written by Ernest Buckler is a short story written by a Canadian author It is a story about a boy and his father The young boy and his father dont have a regular father-son relationship At the beginning of the story their relationship is more like they are pals and the father treats his son as an adult After a series of events a normal father-son relationship begins to form at the end of the story This story can be discussed on two different levels It can be discussed on the narrative level because Art is telling the story and the psychological level because the father is trying to understand his sonThere were two characters in the story The father Art is a hard working man who has trouble showing his emotion He lost his wife at his sons birth and was left to his son by himself since He isnt a bad father but has trouble acting like a good one He loves his son and wants him to act responsibly The son David is a fairly average kid who likes to play with his ball and glove His mother died at his birth so he has lacked having a maternal figure in his life He is starved for attention because his father doesnt pay enough attention to him as a son He desperately needs a fatherly figure in his life He was sometimes defiant to his father it wasnt that discipline had no effect because it made no impressionErnest Buckner 1966 139 He could also be very understandingThis story was set on a small farm in the country which is perfect for change in a relationship There are fields and a forest nearbyThis story had a few examples of symbolism The adult relationship was symbolized by the way they talked David called is father Art not Dad The harness David wore when he was younger also symbolizes the relationship between Art
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